by Jamie Holmes
The Blockchain Education Network (BEN) is helping to build a solution to the question, “Where can I get started with learning about blockchain?” via an open-source course with a syllabus of six modules, including a total bounty of six and a half bitcoin for contributors.
Aligned with the month of October, the Blockchain Education Month course will be built collaboratively, aiming to create a resource for the public good to help both beginners and experts alike.
This global experiment in blockchain education will enable a single course to answer every question posed by newcomers and those interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Moreover, it is something that is much needed, synthesizing the knowledge required to have a strong foundation in this area from various disciplines and individuals.
The introduction will cover basic topics like cryptography, digital currencies, and the workings of blockchain technology and progresses onto advanced materials, such as mining cryptocurrency and consensus algorithms. Finally, to prepare participants for hackathons, the course will also offer an introduction to blockchain development module.
The Blockchain Education Month’s bounty program will be divided proportionally between contributors. Students can compete for prizes by submitting modules, whereby the majority of the modules for the course have remained unclaimed. Four bitcoin is allocated for those who contribute to module content.
Even if you are not an expert, the information needed can be sourced on the internet and there is even a suggestion bank to help newcomers to blockchain technology participate. Individuals can also provide research suggestions to give a helping hand in building the content too.
An additional two and a half bitcoin is reserved for non-course, self-created content such as written blog articles, videos, or planned events and interested participants can tag their content to relevant modules. The bounty will be allocated to those eligible on October 31 to mark the end of Blockchain Education Month.
As the course covers a wide range of material focusing on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain, the blockchain development module is also an interesting addition, and will no doubt be one of the most popular ways to get started with learning and applying this new technology.
During September, the BEN, in partnership with BTC.com, engaged in a bitcoin airdrop to dozens of universities across North America, encouraging students to experiment and become familiar with bitcoin and blockchain technology. In November, BEN will run a ‘blockchain gauntlet’, where teams will compete to design and formulate a startup that solves real-world problems with blockchain technology.
To participate in building the Blockchain Education Month course, users must sign up to BEN, which can be done here. Also, the list of modules that remain unclaimed can be found here, including modules on altcoins, how to use bitcoin, and types of blockchains.